USS William P. Lawrence Conducts First Strait of Hormuz Transit

first_img View post tag: Lawrence View post tag: Transit Back to overview,Home naval-today USS William P. Lawrence Conducts First Strait of Hormuz Transit Share this article View post tag: P. USS William P. Lawrence Conducts First Strait of Hormuz Transit View post tag: Defence View post tag: Hormuz View post tag: conducts View post tag: Defense View post tag: USScenter_img View post tag: Navy Training & Education View post tag: first The Arleigh Burke-class guided-missile destroyer USS William P. Lawrence (DDG 110) transited the Strait of Hormuz and entered the Arabian Gulf for the ship’s first time, March 1.The Strait of Hormuz is a vital waterway in the region. At its widest, the strait spans 21 miles, and offers the only sea passage into the Arabian Gulf.“The fact that the waterway is so narrow makes this a dangerous evolution,” said Lt. Jason Bardin, the senior officer on watch during the transit. “It is important not to escalate tensions while in transit. This is an innocent passage, we are not here to provoke but promote security and partnership.”Cmdr. Jana Vavasseur, commanding officer of William P. Lawrence said the transit was a success.“We came through smoothly with no major issues,” said Vavasseur. “Everything was handled professionally and safely.”Vavasseur explained that the ship’s success was due to training and the crew’s teamwork.“We’ve gone through extensive training, our joint task force exercise and composite training unit exercise experience helped us very specifically,” said Vavasseur. “We were able to build off of that training and build a terrific team. Whether it’s a direct role for a specific mission or a supporting role, every role is important.”In a typical week, more than 500 ships will sail through the Strait of Hormuz. 300 of these ships are energy carriers representing 40% of the world’s seaborne traded oil; the rest carry other maritime commerce critical to the vitality of nations in the Gulf and elsewhere in the region.William P. Lawrence, on her maiden deployment, is deployed with the John C. Stennis Carrier Strike Group to the U.S. 5th Fleet Area of Responsibility conducting maritime security operations, theater security cooperation efforts and support missions for Operation Enduring Freedom.[mappress]Naval Today Staff, March 5, 2013 View post tag: News by topic March 5, 2013 View post tag: Naval View post tag: William View post tag: Straitlast_img read more

International Poultry Outreach

first_imgPoultry is playing an increasingly important role in feeding the planet’s growing population, which is expected to reach about 9 billion by 2050.Between 2000 and 2015, the amount of poultry consumed globally each year increased by 30 percent, according to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations. As poultry production rises to meet this climbing demand, governments, development groups, farmers and businesspeople are seeking the expertise of University of Georgia poultry scientists.From addressing food safety in processing plants to improving nutrition, increasing energy efficiency and environmental sustainability, empowering small-scale farmers to produce eggs for local markets, and establishing state-of-the art poultry house systems and processing facilities, UGA’s poultry scientists are being called on to solve some of the world’s most pressing poultry problems.“Improved poultry science has resulted in improved production and production practices, benefitting domestic as well as international consumers — particularly those in lesser developed countries where an inexpensive source of animal protein is needed to reduce chronic malnutrition among children and pregnant women,” said Amrit Bart, director of the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences Office of Global Programs.To develop access to this low impact and resource efficient source of protein, the world comes to UGA for poultry training programs and expertise. With fewer scientists researching poultry production over the last two decades, UGA’s experts are more in demand than ever.“Our faculty are addressing pertinent issues (in poultry production) with dramatic (consequences),” said Todd Applegate, who took over as head of the Department of Poultry Science this month. “What I find interesting about the poultry science faculty at UGA is that they address very unique questions (compared to) their peers. They are in high demand.”At the end of this week, about 100 poultry professionals from around the world will travel to Athens, Georgia, to be part of the 2016 International Poultry Short Course, a five-day workshop that routinely draws attendees from the U.S., Mali, Germany, Pakistan, Malaysia, Brazil, Canada and more than a dozen other nations.The UGA Department of Poultry Science has hosted the Georgia International Poultry Short Course in January, in conjunction with the International Production and Processing Expo in Atlanta, Georgia, for more than 25 years.“We have people attending who build poultry houses, make feed, work in genetic selection, develop vaccines and manage farms,” said Brian Fairchild, a professor of poultry science at UGA and an organizer of the short course. “With this course, they’re getting exposed to information concerning every part of poultry production, not just their area of expertise.”In addition to the short course, more than half of the poultry science department’s 20 full-time faculty members traveled internationally in 2015 to conduct trainings at agricultural universities and to work with members of the poultry industry or governmental agriculture agencies in Africa, Asia, Europe and South America.For instance, Professor Sammy Aggrey, an expert in pinpointing the genetic markers that help poultry breeders produce more disease-resistant, feed-efficient and heat-tolerant birds, traveled to several countries during 2015 to conduct trainings on breeding methods.Aggrey has pioneered the study of nutrigenomics in poultry. This is, essentially, the study of how a bird’s diet affects its gene expression. This work has made him internationally sought after.Other faculty members are working to help farmers improve poultry nutrition and housing practices to improve birds’ health and their profitability.Each year, the department’s poultry housing team of Fairchild, John Worley and Mike Czarick host international poultry ventilation workshops that attract attendees from around the world. Techniques they’ve mastered for keeping birds comfortable in Georgia’s sweltering summers and unpredictable winters have made their workshops the go-to trainings for poultry operators in the northern and southern hemispheres.“Our faculty members are developing cutting edge poultry technology and continue to attract global attention. Their work serves as an excellent example of one of the many ways we are reaching out to those beyond our own national boarders,” Bart said.For more information about the work being done at the UGA Department of Poultry Science, please visit read more

Rossi, Vinales cheat death as morbidelli, Zarco crash

first_img(BBC) – MOTOGP riders, Franco Morbidelli and Johann Zarco, crashed at the Austrian Grand Prix, with Valentino Rossi narrowly avoiding a collision as their bikes careered across the track.Yamaha’s Morbidelli and Johann Zarco of Avintia Ducati were up and walking after the incident.The two riders came together on turn three, with Maverick Vinales, another rider close to hitting their bikes.“It was so scary, it was terrifying,” Rossi said.“Franco’s bike passed me at an incredible speed and also the bike of Zarco jumped over Maverick. We were very lucky.”Ducati’s Andrea Dovizioso won when the race resumed after a 20-minute pause.Nine-time world champion Rossi, 41, who recently said he does not have a “clear deadline” for retirement, looked visibly shaken after the crash.The victory was Dovizioso’s third at the track and meant Ducati have won every race since the circuit was added to the calendar in 2016.last_img read more

Four Centres Picked for U-17 World Cup in Brazil

first_imgThe Estádio Bezerrão in Brasília (Gama) will make football history on 26 October when it hosts the opening match of the FIFA U-17 World Cup, the first-ever edition of this prestigious tournament to be staged in Brazil.The competition has previously served as a springboard for an array of world stars, such as Gianluigi Buffon, Francesco Totti, Ronaldinho, Xavi, Toni Kroos and Neymar.The other tournament venues will be Goiânia’s Estádio Olímpico and Estádio da Serrinha, as well as the Estádio Kléber Andrade in Vitória (Cariacica), in line with FIFA and the LOC’s commitment to bringing the excitement of the FIFA U-17 World Cup to local communities that have never before hosted a FIFA event. The successors to current FIFA U-17 World Cup champions England will be decided on 17 November, also at the Estádio Bezerrão.Hosts Brazil, who are three-time winners of the tournament, will be pre-assigned to position A1 in the draw and will therefore feature in the opening match.FIFA’s Chief Tournaments & Events Officer, Colin Smith was full of encomium for the Brazilian FA, assuring football stakeholders that this edition would be fantastic for both teams and fans.“With their great passion for football and vast experience of organising world-class sporting events, I am convinced that Brazil and the Brazilian Football Association (CBF) will be fantastic hosts of this year’s FIFA U-17 World Cup.“I believe that the four selected stadiums offer the right size and facilities for this competition, and we are very excited to bring this thrilling tournament to venues that have never hosted a FIFA event before. Thanks to the excellent cooperation and contribution of the CBF and Local Organising Committee, I am sure that we will be able to provide all teams, fans and officials with the best possible conditions,” he noted.Beside hosts Brazil, the following member associations have qualified for the FIFA U-17 World Cup 2019:AFC: Australia, Japan, Korea Republic and TajikistanCAF: Angola, Cameroon, Nigeria and SenegalCONCACAF: Canada, Haiti, Mexico and the USACONMEBOL: Argentina, Chile, Ecuador and ParaguayOFC: New Zealand and the Solomon IslandsUEFA: France, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands and SpainThe draw will take place at the Home of FIFA in Zurich on 11 July 2019 at 15:00 (CET) and will be live-streamed on FIFA’s YouTube channel.The previous edition of the FIFA U-17 World Cup, which was hosted by India in 2017, was a huge success and featured a number of players who have made headlines since, including England’s Jadon Sancho and Phil Foden, Germany’s Jann-Fiete Arp and Mexico’s Diego Lainez.Meanwhile, Senegal’s qualification for the tournament has been confirmed by CAF. Its Disciplinary Committee disqualified Guinea.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Code Red Esports will now represent players as well as talent

first_imgCode Red Esports has today announced the expansion of its talent representation arm to include player representation. The agency, spearheaded by Paul “Redeye” Chaloner, Managing Director of Code Red, has started by signing two UK talents in Owen “smooya” Butterfield and Harry “LaytoN” Layton. Smooya competes for Epsilon Esports in Counter-Strike, whilst LaytoN currently plays for Method’s PUBG squad. The release states that Code Red hopes to “increase its roster significantly over the coming months”. The agency will mentor players where necessary and see them represented when it comes to contract negotiations and personal sponsorships. Code Red already boasts a talent arm with over 30 professional esports broadcasting talents signed, and has recently announced that it will be working with Cloud9 to assist the organisation with its Overwatch League franchise, the London Spitfire. Paul Chaloner, Managing Director of Code Red Esports stated: “For over a year we have been representing a wide range of professional broadcasting talent and working to improve standards across the industry. We’re pleased with the work we’ve done so far and how receptive event organisers have been. We are now moving to provide similar support to players, as it is critical that they have access to sound advice, enabling them to focus on their playing career with professional support to take care of their off-the-server matters”. Luke Cotton, Director of Code Red Esports added: “Players are the stars of their games and what drives the success of esports; and they should be treated as such. Teams have come a long way in terms of compensation which has enabled esports to become a serious career option, but there is also a responsibility to offer fair and balanced contracts. More so, we will ensure that the players we work with understand their contracts and the implications of them”.Esports Insider says: Code Red starting off 2018 with a bang! We’ve all heard horror stories of players being horribly manipulated by organisations so this can only be seen as positive news. Here’s to a good year of transparent, well thought out and sensible contracts under quality stewardship.last_img read more